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@wkt1969 tweets us the photo above and writes:

“@PoPville fire at convention center. 9th & N”

@DCPoliceDept tweets:

“Traffic Advisory/Fire (Loading Dock) @ 801 Mt. Vernon St NW/Street Closure in the 1100-1200 blocks of 7th & 9th St NW/”

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Thanks to a reader for updating us with more info at 10:15am:

“I ran into the 2 guys with the most info. They had just pulled their 18 Wheeler into the below ground loading dock when the cab burst into flames! They said it was scary as hell as there were a lot of other trucks there as well. The one guy said… “I just ran! I was first out of the building.”

It looks like it’s under control now. Trucks are starting to depart… And 9th St is starting to open back up.”

More photos and tweets after the jump. (more…)

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photos by Michael K. Wilkinson

Thanks to Michael for sending:

“Bad day on Arkansas Avenue Saturday. About 2:15 in the afternoon, a fire broke out on the front porch/balcony of one of the houses in our row (built 1939-1941, architect Joseph Abel). The fire damaged a significant portion of the front of the house, and fire rescue efforts led to smashed windows front and rear from top to bottom and sledgehammered/crow-barred roofs on 2nd and 3rd floors. Significant water damage as well. The house was occupied by one person on the upper floors and one person in a rental apartment on the ground floor, and everyone got out safely. Homeowner’s small Yorkshire terrier was rescued, like in a movie, by a firefighter, who brought the dog to the homeowner among cheers from the crowd of onlookers. Everyone was very worried for the dog up until that moment. A bright moment in an otherwise dark afternoon.”

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Thanks to all who sent emails and tweets around 6pm. @dcfireems tweets:

“no pts transported. 3 ppl evaluated & released”

Staging response was also significant at 14th and Florida Ave, NW.

MPD says:

“The Third District is working a local; in the 1400 block of Belmont St NW. There are no reported injuries at this time.

The following areas are closed to vehicular traffic.

2400 – 2600 blocks of 14th St NW (North and South)

1400 block of Belmont St NW (East and West)

Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.”

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14th and Florida Ave, NW just after 7pm tweeted to us by @DCLiterate